This article describes the skills and growth targets of 2-month-old infants.
Normal childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Childhood growth milestones - 2 months; Growth milestones for children - 2 months
Physical and motor-skill markers:
- Closing of soft spot at the back of the head (posterior fontanelle)
- Several newborn reflexes, such as the stepping reflex (baby appears to dance or step when placed upright on solid surface) and grasp reflex (grasping a finger), disappear
- Less head lag (head is less wobbly on the neck)
- When on stomach, able to lift head almost 45 degrees
- Less flexing of the arms and legs while lying on the stomach
Sensory and cognitive markers:
- Beginning to look at close objects
- Different cries means different things
- Head turns from side to side with sound at the level of the ear
- Responds to familiar voices
- Expose your baby to sounds outside those of the home
- Take your baby for rides in the car or walks in the neighborhood
- The room should be bright with pictures and mirrors
- Toys and objects should be bright colors
- Read to your baby
- Talk to your baby about objects and people in his or her environment
Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
. 18th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 8.
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